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Clinical Testing

The Bloodborne Viruses Laboratory (BVL) serves as the public health reference laboratory for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and hepatitis C virus (HCV) testing in New York State. Our clinical testing program is focused on providing services not readily available at other laboratories. Our clinical testing services include:

  • HIV diagnostic testing with a focus on confirmatory testing of specimens referred from HIV rapid testing sites throughout New York State
  • HIV-1 Western blot testing of dried blood spot specimens collected at rapid testing sites
  • Resolution of HIV infection status when routine testing produces discrepant or inconclusive results and in cases of suspected acute HIV-1 infection
  • Court-ordered testing of defendants 30 days to 6 months post exposure
  • Pediatric HIV testing to definitively confirm or exclude HIV infection in infants born to HIV-infected mothers
  • Detection and quantification of HIV-2 RNA using a laboratory-developed, clinically-validated real time PCR assay
  • HCV diagnostic testing by antibody and RNA detection and molecular viral characterization for approved public health programs